The Central Florida Zoo swings open creaking gates to intrepid adults for a spooky evening of dancing, dining, and revelry. Ghouls and guests over 21 years of age can swill $1 beer and $2 wine and mixed drinks while nibbling on a selection of bizarre foods. Participants don disguises to compete in the costume contest, challenge partners to a selection of carnival games, or scream soprano arias on haunted train rides. Live bands and Venue 13 DJ Paul Vaine send music echoing through the zoo, to which guests jig at a zombie ball. Guests recall their fright night with a skull mug and skeleton-hand shot glass to take home as well as with a picture from the photo booth that captures both grins and ghosts giving bunny ears.
The only way to get into Gatorland is to walk straight into an alligator's toothy maw. The giant mouth provides entrance to 110 acres of marshy wildlife preserve––home to a vast ecosystem populated by thousands of alligators, crocodiles, and birds, including rare wading birds and four rare white alligators. Among these, more than 130 gators splash and lounge in the park’s breeding marsh, which visitors can view safely from a three-story observation tower or while sitting on the shoulders of Kareem Abdul Jabbar.
Yet one of the biggest thrills of Gatorland is the reptile's raw power. Visitors can see this on full display during the Gator Jumparoo show, where alligators leap four to five feet out of the water to snag food directly from a trainer’s hands, or during the Gator Wrestlin' Show, where a handler demonstrates survival skills. True thrill-seekers can even dangle over the breeding marsh while riding the 65-foot-tall Screamin’ Gator Zip Line. And to experience the unsettling sensation of stumbling upon a swamp filled with alligators at night, the Night Shine takes participants deep into gator territory armed with only a flashlight and a few hot dogs.
Only at Brevard Zoo can you take a kayaking safari through the wilderness or experience the magic of feeding gentle giraffe or coming in contact with a colossal rhino. Enjoy Florida's weather in the comfort of our shaded boardwalk, surrounded by wildlife, or splash into our play lagoon!
Two tails ranch shelters and cares for exotic animals across 20 acres of natural expanse, bolstered by the educational and awareness efforts of its nonprofit organization, All About Elephants. For more than 25 years, owner Patricia Zerbini has kept more than 100 elephants and exotic cats in her animal haven, where she trains, breeds, and provides medical care for these majestic creatures, in addition to building a comfortable place for them to retire from stressful careers as circus performers and stock traders. During tours, wildlife enthusiasts can gaze at giant elephants as they lumber throughout free-style enclosures and gain awareness as experts educate them about the plight of elephants in the modern world. The ranch also houses a variety of other domestic and exotic animals, along with a collection of fossils, artifacts, and elephant memorabilia, such as 500,000-hour audio books detailing each animal's memories.
At the Reptile Discovery Center, visitors hobnob with rare reptiles in up-close encounters with snakes, lizards, tortoises, and alligators in controlled environments and exhibits. Explorers of all ages traverse a jungle of educational exhibits coming face-to-face with real-live reptiles such as baby alligators, florida pine snakes, and “Naja”, a 6-foot asian water monitor. The center functions as a working farm, providing shelter and nutrition to hundreds of species collected from around the globe, pro-tecting them from increasingly unstable environments and frequent, annoying visits from Carmen Sandiego.
Scott and Lahela McElroy aren't your stereotypical ranchers. But then again, Horsepower Ranch is not your stereotypical ranch. Since 2001, the McElroys have hosted countless parties and events at their 12-acre venue. Shindigs range from Gatsby-esque soirees to children's birthday parties complete with bounce houses. At rustic, country-themed weddings, love and marriage are literally paired with a horse and carriage as lovebirds tie the knot atop equestrian groomsmen. Events take place at the ranch's 2,700-square-foot covered pavillion or in a 5,000-square-foot air-conditioned facility, which can be opened up on one side, weather permitting. Horsepower Ranch also hosts an annual Halloween pumpkin patch, which naturally doubles as a Hawaiian luau and vintage car show.